The Apple Peeler

about 1660, Artist: Gerard ter Borch



The Apple Peeler

The picture is a characteristic example of Dutch “fine painting”. The homely scene, in which a small girl attentively watches her mother peel apples, is probably a reference to a moralising epigram that warns against fulfilling every wish of a child but even more so against doing the same for oneself. Parental care was a popular subject in Dutch painting and literature of the 17th century.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 19

Object data

Object Name





about 1660


Gerard ter Borch (1617 Zwolle - 1681 Deventer) - GND


Canvas on wood


Overall: 36,5 cm × 30,5 cm × 1,2 cm
Framed: 50 cm × 44 cm × 5,5 cm


Auf der Landkarte: "NOVA ET ACVRATA TOTIVS EVROPAE" (Kat. 1907, S. 309).

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 588


1780 Coll. Carl von Lothringen, Brussels; acquired 1780; 1809-1815 in Paris

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